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Modelling the Process of Process Execution: A Process Model-Driven Approach to Customising User Interfaces for Business Process Support Systems

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Abstract

This paper presents a process-driven approach for developing the user interfaces (UIs) of business process execution frontends. It allows customising the UIs to the needs of individual users and processes. The approach is based on viewing UI behaviour as a process that can be modelled and executed in the same way as the core process: as a sequence of steps, each of which is associated with a business object that describes the UI content in terms of the information displayed to the user. As both the UI process and the core process are run on the same business process engine, the two processes can interact smoothly using existing backend functionalities. The approach is demonstrated using a manufacturing scenario where shopfloor workers are provided with simple UIs on mobile devices to support the execution of a production process.

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  • Model-driven design
  • Customised user interfaces
  • Business process support systems
  • Subject-oriented Business Process Management (S-BPM)

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    This modelling decision is based on the fast response times required for the UI behaviour, which would not be reached with the current implementation of the Metasonic Suite if messaging was included.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the EU Seventh Framework Programme FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD) under grant agreement no 609190 (www.so-pc-pro.eu).

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Kannengiesser, U., Heininger, R., Gründer, T., Schedl, S. (2016). Modelling the Process of Process Execution: A Process Model-Driven Approach to Customising User Interfaces for Business Process Support Systems. In: Schmidt, R., Guédria, W., Bider, I., Guerreiro, S. (eds) Enterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling. BPMDS EMMSAD 2016 2016. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 248. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39429-9_3

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